Google commemorates Shakuntala Devi: The Human Computer


Google has been delivering information to the world since 1998. And from time to time Google has been reintroducing the world with pioneers, famous artists and scientists through its Doodles.

Today, Google is commemorating Shakuntala Devi also known as the “Human Computer” with a calculator styled doodle. The doodle has the initials of Shakuntala Devi and a picture of her with the word Google. You can take a look at the Doodle by visiting the Google India webpage.

Picture of Shakuntala Devi
Shakuntala Devi was best known for her mathematical abilities and hence aptly called the “Human Computer”. She was born in Bangalore on November 1929 and her talents were soon discovered by her father. He was teaching her a card trick when he first noticed her abilities to memorize large numbers; she was only three years old at that time.  After that day she demonstrated her abilities at different places. First, the University of Mysore and then she also did a tour of Europe.

Devi was also the subject of a study by Arthur Jensen, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. During his study, Arthur gave her a problem that required her to calculate the cube root of 61,629,875 and the seventh root of 170,859,375; Devi was able to answer it even before Arthur could note it down in his notebook.

Devi even competed with a computer once; the challenge was to find the cube root of 188132517 in least time and Devi calculated it before the computer. Another incidence that got her a place in the Guinness Book of Records was when she correctly gave the product of two 13-digit numbers 2,465,099,745,779 and 7,686,369,774,870.

Apart from being a mathematics wizard, Devi was also an astrologer and author of several books. Some of the titles are ‘Puzzles to Puzzles’, ‘Super Memory: It Can Be Yours’, ‘Astrology for You’ and many more.  She also published the first study of Homosexuality in India.

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Google Doodle commemorating Rembrandt's 407th Birth Anivversary


Google has a very good habit of remembering great people with its Doodles. On the 407th birth anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn ( listen), Google released a doodle commemorating the great painter and printmaker.

The doodle shows his self portrait which was made by Rembrandt in 1659.  It is an oil on canvas painting and has been preserved in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC since 1937, where it's part of Andrew W. Mellon collection.

Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter and an etcher and was born on 15 July, 1606.He was the ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbrouck.

He was apprentice to some of the greatest painters of his time such as Pieter Lastman,  Jacob Pynas and Jacob van Swanenburgh. During the starting of his career he painted portraits which included many self-portraits. In 1631, Rembrandt successfully established himself as a professional portraitist in Amsterdam.

Take a look at the doodle in the Google Doodle Library . Don't forget to share this with your friends.

How to download videos from Adobe.tv

Adobe tv
Do you want to learn photoshop, or any other Adobe product? If yes, then Adobe tv is the best free option out there. Learning takes time and that time gets doubled if you live at a place where Internet speed is slow. Then the best option for you is to download the videos and watch them at your own convenience without the hassle of buffering. 

Requirements:

Steps:

  1. Download URL Snooper from the above link.

Windows 8.1 Preview is out



Microsoft released a public preview of Windows 8.1( download link below ) yesterday at the company's annual BUILD event. It was unveiled by Steve Ballmer and the corporate vice-president of Windows Julie Larson-Green said "With Windows 8 we built a new Windows, reimagined from the chipset to the experience. It was an ambitious vision, and with Windows 8.1 we refine it".

The update will be made available free of charge for Windows 8 and Windows RT. There is a catch, however: all those tech savvy, windows lovers installing the public preview will not be able to upgrade to the final release without reinstalling all of their applications. Those who choose to not participate in the preview, meanwhile, will be able to seamlessly upgrade to Windows 8.1 without having to reinstall anything.

Google Fiber: 100 times faster than today’s average broadband

Google Fiber
Google, on 26th of this month rolled out its newest project named GOOGLE FIBER. Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri . In simple language it's a project that will provide seamless data connectivity and speeds up-to 1 gigabytes per second (both download and upload both).  Over 1,100 communities applied to be the first recipient of the technology. 

Google is charging every home that gets the fiber service $300 for the construction of the fiber link. But the company is waiving that fee for people who sign up initially for the service.

Google is offering three different packages. The Gigabit and Fiber TV service will cost $120 a month and will include 1Gbps connectivity on the upstream as well as downstream. There is no data cap. It also comes with 1 terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage. The TV service will include all the regular broadcast TV channels, hundreds of Google Fiber TV channels, thousands of TV shows on demand, and premium movie channels.

Google didn't say whether traditional cable channels such as Discovery or ESPN will be included in the package. The company will also be giving away free Google Android Nexus 7 tablets to everyone who signs up for this service.

The second package is for broadband-only customers. It will cost $70 a month and offer 1Gbps downloads and uploads. It will also provide the 1 terabyte of data storage, as well as a network box for offering the service.The last package is geared toward the 25 percent of Kansas City area people who may not have broadband already. Google will offer this service for a limited time only. It will be free to customers who pay for the $300 fiber installation. And it will include 5Mbps download speeds and 1Mpbs upload speeds for seven years. Customers will have the option to upgrade the service to one of the other packages. Google will allow customers for this plan to pay for the $300 construction fee on a monthly basis -- $25 a month for the first year.

Here's a look at the amazing speeds that you will be getting with GOOGLE FIBER :

Let's hear it from you in the comments, What will YOU do with that kind of speed . Don't forget to like it and share it with your friends. CHEERS. 

Google calculator gets a new look: A Body with buttons

Google guys just gave their calculator a makeover, rather a body I should say. If you have read my previous post on Google Tips And Tricks  then you would know that Google calculator is a kind of program that gives you the calculated result right away on the first page when you enter a query like this:
                                                   pi*4.7*4.7*5.6


Here is a snapshot of what the result used to look like when you entered a query such as above:

Google Calculator


And here's a look at the new and interactive Google Calculator:
New Google Calculator
















In my previous post I explained how to use mathematical operators to get the calculated result. But now you don't have to worry about remembering any of it as whatever you need is right in one place. It has 34 buttons, including standard trigonometric functions, exponents and buttons for the transcendental numbers, pi and e. To use it you just have to follow these simple steps:
1. Go to the Google website

2. Type calculator


3. The virtual calculator opens below

4. Do any calculation that you need to do

Note: You can just type in your query and the calculator would come up. You don't need to follow Step 2 in that case.

Bonus: It also works on mobile. According to a MASHABLE quick test, it appeared in both Safari and Chrome on iOS and of course on Android as well. Although the scientific functions aren’t visible in portrait mode, they appear when you flip your phone to landscape — a trick Google’s borrowing from the iOS-standard calculator.

Punching buttons is a little unwieldy in the desktop browser, but it’s natural as can be on a phone. Plus, on both versions, you can do calculations via voice search. The voice interface can even discern such phrasing as “cosine of 60 degrees.”

Thank you guys for reading it and if you liked it then do share it with your friends. And don't forget to leave your thoughts/experience about this calculator in the comments .CHEERS.

The cheapest iPhone in the world: On India's Aircel

Iphone 3GS
The First time I read about it, I said to myself..Huh! What's the big deal, it's an old model so no one would prefer it anyways and I also thought that in other countries it would be cheaper. But after looking at the figures, I think Aircel has really pulled up a big gig. Indian operator Aircel sprung a pleasant surprise on Friday by announcing that it had slashed the iPhone 3GS price to Rs. 9,999 (US $180). While the iPhone 3GS is available for free on a contract in the US, as far as total cost of ownership is concerned, the Aircel deal is probably the cheapest iPhone anywhere in the world.

Aircel is offering the black 8GB iPhone 3GS for an upfront payment of Rs. 9,999 (US $180) and an "advance rental" of Rs. 3,000 (US $55). This advance rental gets you 2GB of 3G data per month for an year or 1000 minutes and 2500 text messages per month for 6 months.

The icing on the cake is that the phones are unlocked, which means you are free to take the phone anywhere in the world, and put in a SIM of your choice. That's right, an unlocked iPhone for a total cost of $235 ($180 + $55).

As a contrast, in the US you can pick-up an iPhone 3GS 8GB for free but with a two-year $39.99 a month contract. That's a whooping $960 over the 24 months, and the device is locked to AT&T for the length of the contract.

Alternatively, you can pick up an unlocked iPhone for an up-front $375 in the US, £319.00 ($498) in the UK, HKD 2,888 ($372) in Hong Kong, A$449 ($465) in Australia or Euro 349 ($424) in Spain. That makes the Aircel iPhone 3GS the cheapest by a wide-margin - $137 or around Rs. 7500.

Now if that isn't the cheapest iPhone deal anywhere in the world, we don't know what is. No seriously, if your country/ operator offers a cheaper iPhone total cost of ownership, then do share it with us in the comments. And don't forget to share it with your friends.:D

Have a look at what Iphone 3GS has: